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We've got good news and bad news to share from the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) this week, in Hamburg, Germany.
First, let's get the bad news out of the way. Airbus showed off a new seating option for airlines to try in their A380s: 11-across in economy class. That means 11 seats in one aisle, arranged 3-5-3, with so many middle seats it'll make your head spin.
The good news is that no airline has ordered the 11-across layout (yet), so it's safe to say this isn't something you need to worry about encountering when trying to chose a seat on your next superjumbo flight.
The real issue the general press is failing to understand with this configuration isn't the how-horrible factor of being faced with more middle seats, but how nasty all of a sudden the window seats become.
The airline industry's Passenger Experience Conference took place this week in Germany. The host city, Hamburg, is an excellent place to begin partying at five in the morning, but the tone of the meeting's message was a bit more serious.
During the opening and closing ceremonies, airlines were called upon "to stop their preoccupation with providing airline passengers with packaged entertainment and open up their minds to the wonders of the world above which they are travelling." What does that mean exactly? The wire story from the event being passed around the Internet says it best:
Prostitution has been legal in Berlin (and the rest of Germany) for a long time. In 2001, the government passed a law that granted sex workers the same rights as any other workers, including the right to sue their employers and obtain health benefits. While some have applauded the government for improving the lives of sex workers, critics of prostitution have argued that the legislation has done nothing to stop human trafficking.
The argument has resurfaced the other week in light of the news that a German social network of sex workers, Kaufmich.com, is advertising a job opening for a "brothel tester" to "check the quality of the service, standards of cleanliness, and safe sex practices of brothels in Berlin."
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Who goes to Germany to avoid beer? It’s the third biggest beer manufacturer in the world and entire cities here pride themselves on thousand-year-old brewing techniques. Plus, there’s almost always an ongoing beerfest waiting for you to sip a liter or two.
But today, going to do the opposite. We're serving up a taste of Germany beyond the beer to include a taste of the Rhineland Riesling corridor, a cider-obsessed city, and a corner of the country so proud of their wine they elect wine queens—in the same competitive way South America anoints beauty queens—to represent the country.
Here are some cities that avoided beer altogether and prefer a fruitier touch to their happy-hour.
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In the spirit of New Years' Resolutions, we chose to be filled with love and light when it comes to airlines. So instead of focusing on the terrible TSA theater, the crappy meals served in-flight, the nickel-and-diming onboard, the exasperated attitudes at the gate or the rampant idiocy in the baggage claim, we're focusing on airlines and flight attendants doing it right. This week, longtime Jaunted contributor Julia Buckley tells us how, if you're traveling with special needs, she has nothing but love for Lufthansa.
I am a frequent flier. I also have a chronic pain condition. It isn’t an easy combination.
Longhaul flights are horrendous for me, for obvious reasons, but even shorthaul is a struggle – from dealing with luggage to being confined in a seat with no space to stretch and other passengers knocking into bits and pieces of me that are viciously hyper-sensitive. Even a flight of under an hour, if it’s a bad one, can put me out of commission for days afterwards.
I’m very careful when I fly to choose the best possible seat for my condition, book assistance, and do everything possible to make things as pain-free as they can be. Part of that is asking, wherever possible, if there’s a seat on the plane that has an empty space next to it. Some airlines, like UK regional airline Flybe, are compassionate, and block out an entire row, if it’s available. Others, like my national carrier British Airways, tell me to go swivel.
In January, I flew with Lufthansa for the first time – from Zagreb to Heathrow, via Munich. The Zagreb-Munich flight was operated by Air Dolomiti, and it was amazing – great legroom, wide seats, lovely cabin crew, and a half empty plane to spread out in. Assistance at Munich was also excellent. Nevertheless, just taking the first flight had ramped up my pain levels.
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It's been the subject of many awesome time-lapse videos and even a Star Wars fan fiction-style mini production, but Frankfurt International Airport is pretty great at offering live access via their Airport Tour by Bus.
Called the Flughafen Rundfahrt in German, the tours depart from the pre-security area of Frankfurt's Terminal 1 (level 0, Airport City Mall) and go through security (no airline ticket needed) to join up with a bus for an airside drive all along aircraft at gates, at hard stands, on the Cargo apron, in maintenance hangars, and of course on the runway.
Only in Germany will you encounter a museum dedicated to sausage, particularly the famed currywurst. Just steps away from Checkpoint Charlie—you know that famous site that separated East and West Berlin and was often photographed with tanks during the Cold War—is the Deutsches Currywurst Museum.
At the museum, visitors can learn the history about the snack, listen to some famous currywurst tunes, watch a film dedicated to the best of the wurst, play ketchup-bottle whack-a-mole, and even sit on a most phallic of sausage couches—ohne Darm, if you catch our drift. Well, to our surprise, there was a lot to learn about this essential Berliner snack. Here are just some of the basics:
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Yesterday, Bono proved he really does have the luck of Irish after a door fell off his private jet mid-flight.
The U2 singer was on his way from Dublin to Berlin for the Bambi International Music awards and a meeting with Gerd Mueller, the German minister of economic cooperation and development, when a rear door on his Learjet 60 (tail D-CGEO) flew off.
For 28 years the city of Berlin lived every day divided. The East and the West were defined by der Mauer ("the wall"), and though Sunday marks the 25th Anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city remains shaped by it in other ways.
This weekend the Lichtgrenze ("light border") installation traces the path of the Berlin Wall, but with a 9-mile chain of 8,000 minimal white balloons instead of a barbed wire-and-concrete barrier. The balloons are lit, which has made possible some spectacular nighttime photos from the air (see above).
We'll have more on how to be a part of Berlin's celebrations through the rest of the year, but do check out these articles if your plans include any upcoming Germany travel:
Where on Earth is the Berlin Wall? Tracing where pieces have ended up over the years. [The Guardian: Cities]
An original TV news report from 1989 [ABC News]
'We are the people': A peaceful revolution in Leipzig [Der Spiegel]
Official Lichtgrenze Twitter [Twitter]
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We get it. Porn festival? You’re hesitant, probably imagining the unrealistic sexcapades, neck-bearded men in trench coats, and theater seats equipped with lotion and tissue paper. Whatever your preconceived notions of a porn film festival may be, at Berlin’s Porn Film Festival last week, not to say none of the above occurred, but, well, none of that really occurred.
The festival stretched over four days at Cinema Moviemento in Kreuzberg and included lectures from prominent producers, porn workshops, and, obviously, an extensive range of films from softcore to hardcore to—err, how to put this—zombie porn.
So after spending roughly five days consuming more porn than a fifteen-year-old boy home alone on a Saturday night, here were some of our favorite lessons from this year’s Berlin Porn Film Festival.
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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
All too often these days, airline passengers moan that the the glamor has gone from travel. While it's true that legroom is decreasing and a full, complimentary steak dinner is no longer the norm onboard, the Frankfurt-based leisure airline Condor refuses to let every smidgeon of retro style and comfort be lost to the ages. In fact, Condor slips historical hints of the jet age into each of their flights today.
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Like airline food enough to have a fridge filled with mile-high menu items? Craving a certain dish you noshed on from your most recent flight?
If you've answered yes to either (or both) of those questions above, then you're in luck! Your dreams can come true with a few clicks of a mouse, all thanks to a new service in Germany called Air Food One. Get it?
The presidentially-named company teamed up with LSG Sky Chefs to offer those on terra firma the opportunity to see what people flying overhead are dining on that week. All You Need (A service similar to Peapod) customers head to the website to enroll, and a frozen, ready-to-heat-and-eat airline meal arrives at the door weekly. Prices range between $11.60 and $12.90 per meal.